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    https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden...5c206c84dfe308

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the Trump administration nine times on Tuesday, a fitting send-off from a state known for its frequent feuds with the president over the environment and health care.

    Altogether, Becerra —- who is President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services —- has taken the Trump administration to court 122 times in four years, his office said.

    The latest actions were part of an attempt to block a flurry of environmental rule changes in recent weeks, including moves Becerra said would weaken protections for migratory birds, exempt some clothes washers and dryers from energy efficiency standards, loosen regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas industry, and relax rules on toxic air pollutants.

    We have held the Trump Administration accountable time and again for their failure to follow the rules or respect our nation’s environmental laws,” Becerra said.

    Becerra took office in California four days after Trump moved into the White House in 2017. Becerra filled a vacancy after Kamala Harris was elected to the U.S. Senate and before she was elected vice president.

    California quickly developed a reputation as a center of resistance against the Republican administration, much like Texas had been during the years when Democrat Barack Obama was in office.

    But Becerra far outpaced his counterpart in Texas, who sued the Obama administration at least 48 times, according to an analysis by the Texas Tribune.

    More than half of Becerra’s lawsuits were about public lands, natural resources and the environment. But he perhaps got the most attention in his role defending the federal Affordable Care Act after the Trump administration declined to defend the Obama-era law from a lawsuit brought by Republican-led states.

    That case featured prominently in U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings, as it was one of the first cases she heard after getting confirmed by the Republican-led U.S. Senate.

    While Becerra has been eager to challenge Trump, the president seems to have hardly noticed him. Trump has had plenty of things to say about California but focused his Twitter insults on Gov. Gavin Newsom and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. According to an exhaustive catalogue of Trump’s Twitter insults published by the New York Times on Tuesday, Becerra is never mentioned.

    The Biden administration will likely try to undo many of the environmental rule changes Trump approved in his final days in office, a bureaucratic process that could take months. Becerra’s lawsuits could help speed up matters by enticing a federal judge to block the rules from ever taking effect.

    “It will take time to unwind the havoc the Trump Administration has wrought. That’s why the nine lawsuits we filed today are so important,” Becerra said in a news release.

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    Ladies and Gentlemen - We have a new President and Vice President
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    Roses are red, violets are blue, seriously where is the fucking ring I gave Julie and ask her mom about the flowers
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    In all fairness, we have no idea how big this dude's cock was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beli View Post
    Ladies and Gentlemen - We have a new President and Vice President


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    yes i said i will leave it under you storage he said cuddle with me i said shut up it over??? what am i doing wrong??

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    Quote Originally Posted by beli View Post
    Ladies and Gentlemen - We have a new President and Vice President
    Yay!!!!

    "The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man" -Charles Darwin

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    Quote Originally Posted by beli View Post
    Ladies and Gentlemen - We have a new President and Vice President
    It’s been a long four years. I teared up a little hearing everyone refer to Biden as Mr President today.

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    Thank God, the orange buffon has left the office!
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    "he had Skittles so he could have made drugs".
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    Yo mama such a ho, that Foursquare has made her vag a place to "check in".

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    Quote Originally Posted by beli View Post
    Ladies and Gentlemen - We have a new President and Vice President
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    Yay!!!!
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    It’s been a long four years. I teared up a little hearing everyone refer to Biden as Mr President today.
    Quote Originally Posted by curiouscat View Post
    Thank God, the orange buffon has left the office!
    Was out on the lake today away from news sources. I was seriously worried about what would happen. So glad it went off without a hitch and President Biden is now in office!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    Was out on the lake today away from news sources. I was seriously worried about what would happen. So glad it went off without a hitch and President Biden is now in office!
    Yeah I'm surprised trump didn't try anything...but there was so much security there he wouldn't have been able to.

    "The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man" -Charles Darwin

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    https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/19/opini...nio/index.html

    A goodbye letter for the anti-President

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/19/opini...nio/index.html

    A goodbye letter for the anti-President
    Love this! I shared on FB.


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    yes i said i will leave it under you storage he said cuddle with me i said shut up it over??? what am i doing wrong??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic B View Post
    Love this! I shared on FB.
    I thought it was amazing! It's just super long, so that's why I just linked it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    I thought it was amazing! It's just super long, so that's why I just linked it.
    I had to post it. Seeing the crazy run rampant on FB this morning. Ugh.


    Quote Originally Posted by marakisses View Post
    yes i said i will leave it under you storage he said cuddle with me i said shut up it over??? what am i doing wrong??

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    https://www.koin.com/news/politics/w...o-cruz-hawley/

    WASHINGTON (AP/KOIN) — Seven Democratic senators, including Oregon’s Ron Wyden, on Thursday asked the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate the actions of Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley “to fully understand their role” in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump.

    Thousands had gathered that day as Congress voted to formally certify President Joe Biden’s victory over Trump in November. Hawley and Cruz led objections in the Senate to Biden’s victory, despite the widespread recognition that the effort would fail.

    In the end, Congress certified Biden’s Electoral College victory, but not before thousands marched to the Capitol at Trump’s urging, overwhelmed security and interrupted the proceedings. In the end, the violence led to five deaths, injured dozens of police officers and caused extensive damage to the Capitol.
    Wyden calls for Trump impeachment inquiry

    The Democratic senators said the question for the Senate to determine is not whether Cruz and Hawley had the right to object, but whether the senators failed to put loyalty “to the highest moral principles and to country above loyalty to persons, party, or Government department.” They also said the investigation should determine whether Cruz, of Texas, and Hawley, of Missouri, engaged in “improper conduct reflecting on the Senate.”

    “Until then, a cloud of uncertainty will hang over them and over this body,” the Democratic senators wrote in a letter to the leaders of the Senate Ethics Committee.

    The Democratic senators said Cruz and Hawley announced their intentions to object even though they knew that claims of election fraud were baseless and had led to threats of violence.

    “Their actions lend credence to the insurrectionists’ cause and set the stage for future violence. And both senators used their objections for political fundraising,” the Democratic senators said in their letter.
    Sen. Merkley: ‘We are starting a new chapter in America’

    Cruz and Hawley have condemned the violence on Jan. 6. Cruz called it a “despicable act of terrorism.” Hawley said those who attacked police and broke the law must be prosecuted.

    Cruz helped force a vote on Biden’s victory in Arizona, while Hawley helped force one on Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania.

    “Joe Biden and the Democrats talk about unity but are brazenly trying to silence dissent,” Hawley said in a prepared statement. “This latest effort is a flagrant abuse of the Senate ethics process and a flagrant attempt to exact partisan revenge.”

    Those Democrats requesting the investigation are Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Wyden of Oregon, Tina Smith of Minnesota, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Tim Kaine of Virginia and Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

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    https://www.8newsnow.com/i-team/i-te...n-trumps-army/

    PAHRUMP, Nev. (KLAS) — Officials with the Nye County Sheriff’s Office said they are aware of a website from a firearms training facility offering a free course to join President “Trump’s Army,” the I-Team confirmed Thursday.

    Dr. Ignatius Piazza, the founder of the Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, based in Pahrump, is listed as the website’s owner. The website is offering a free four-day firearms training course after signing up for a newsletter about election fraud.

    As described on the company’s website, the class is valued at $2,000 and “is for law enforcement officers, military personnel and private citizens who want a complete understanding of the defensive handgun and a skill level that surpasses 95% of those who carry a gun for a living.”

    “You will also receive my daily email updates on President Trump’s legal battles to overturn the fraudulent 2020 Presidential Election and restore America’s faith in free and fair elections, plus any personal direction I may receive from President Donald Trump, his family or his legal team,” the website said.

    FBI Director Christopher Wray said Thursday his agency was tracking an “extensive amount of concerning online chatter,” including calls for armed protests leading up to next week’s presidential inauguration. Local FBI officials would not comment about the website, but said it was unaware of “any specific and substantiated threat to the Nevada State Capitol” ahead of next week’s inauguration.
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    “Do you pledge, if requested and directed by President Donald J. Trump, to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with President Trump and the US military forces he commands, to protect and defend the Office of the President, America’s freedom, and the United States Constitution, against all enemies, foreign and domestic?” one part of a long post on the website said.

    Records indicate the website was launched in December and is also registered under several domain names.

    “I hope and pray that as we approach Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021, Trump’s Citizen Patriot Army is not needed to protect and defend the Office of the President, America’s freedom or the United States Constitution,” the Trump’s Army website said. “But as President George Washington said in his First Annual Message to Congress, New York City, January 8. 1790, ‘To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.’”

    The Nye County Sheriff’s Office told the I-Team it was waiting to hear from the district attorney to see if any laws were violated. President Trump has called on his supporters to act peacefully as the Biden Administration takes over.

    “The FBI respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights. Our focus is not on peaceful protesters, but on those threatening their safety and the safety of other citizens with violence and destruction of property,” a statement from the Las Vegas Division said Thursday.

    Piazza did not respond to a request for comment.
    An alleged Pro-Trump terrorist camp has been uncovered in Las Vegas

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    https://fox4kc.com/your-local-electi...nal-democrats/

    WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — Democrats laid plans Friday for impeaching President Donald Trump, even as he’s headed out of the White House, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she had spoken to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about preventing an “unhinged” Trump from ordering a nuclear strike in his final days.

    Pelosi and the Democrats are considering swift impeachment — beginning Monday — after the deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob that shocked the nation and the world.

    Pelosi issued a statement Friday evening:

    “Today, the House Democratic Caucus had an hours-long conversation that was sad, moving and patriotic. It was a conversation unlike any other, because it followed an action unlike any other.

    It is the hope of Members that the President will immediately resign. But if he does not, I have instructed the Rules Committee to be prepared to move forward with Congressman Jamie Raskin’s 25th Amendment legislation and a motion for impeachment. Accordingly, the House will preserve every option – including the 25th Amendment, a motion to impeach or a privileged resolution for impeachment.

    With great respect, our deliberations will continue.”

    SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI
    At least three drafts of Articles of Impeachment are being circulated by Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and David Cicilline (D-RI).

    NewsNation is told a condensed document will be coming.

    Articles of impeachment are expected to be introduced on Monday, with a House vote as soon as Wednesday, according to two people familiar with the planning and granted anonymity to discuss it, The Associated Press reported.

    A draft of the impeachment resolution charges Trump with abuse of power, saying he “willfully made statements that encouraged — and foreseeably resulted in — imminent lawless action at the Capitol.”

    On her call with colleagues, Pelosi grew emotional talking about Wednesday’s events. She told the lawmakers they had a choice to make on impeachment, according to a person on the call who was granted anonymity to discuss it.

    US Capitol Police officer dies from injuries in riot, federal homicide investigation opened
    Pelosi and Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer have called on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to force Trump from office. It’s a process for removing the president and installing the vice president to take over.

    But action by Pence or the Cabinet now appears unlikely, especially after two top officials, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao suddenly resigned in the aftermath of the violence at the Capitol and would no longer be in the Cabinet to make such a case.


    In her statement late Friday, Pelosi also mentioned including legislation introduced in October by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD). It would establish a “Commission on Presidential Capacity to Discharge the Powers and Duties of Office.”

    “The legislation will enable Congress to ensure effective and uninterrupted leadership in the highest office in the Executive Branch of government by creating the body and process called for in Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” according to a statement from Raskin’s office.

    Basically, Congress never setup the body the 25th Amendment called for when it was adopted 50 years ago.

    “In emergency situations, Congress could pass a concurrent resolution requiring the Commission to examine the President, determine his/her ability to execute the powers and duties of the office, and report its findings to Congress. If presidential incapacity exists, the Vice President would immediately assume the role of Acting President,” Raskin’s office said.

    The legislation calls for a 17-person commission:

    Four physicians and four psychiatrists selected by the Speaker of the House, House Minority Leader, Senate Majority Leader and Senate Minority Leader each.
    Four retired statespersons (e.g., former Presidents, Vice Presidents, Attorneys and Surgeons General, Secretaries of State, Defense, and Treasury) to serve, selected by the Democratic and Republican leaders of each chamber.
    A 17th member, who acts as the Chair of the Commission.
    “In order to avoid conflicts of interest and both civilian and military chain of command issues, none of the members can be current elected officials, federal employees, or members of the active or reserve military,” Raskin’s office said.

    Trump had encouraged loyalists at a rally Wednesday at the White House to march on the Capitol where Congress was certifying the Electoral College tally of Biden’s election.

    President-elect Joe Biden told reporters Friday afternoon it’s up to Congress whether to pursue a second impeachment of President Donald Trump, but he expected lawmakers to be ready to move on his agenda as soon as he is inaugurated.

    Biden’s comments came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a Friday letter to lawmakers that House Democrats would move to impeach Trump again if he did not resign immediately. Pelosi and other lawmakers have pressured Trump to step down after Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob that lawmakers in both parties said was incited by Trump.

    GOP Sen. Murkowski calls for Trump resignation
    Asked what he’d tell lawmakers about Pelosi’s push for impeachment, Biden responded, “I’d tell them that’s a decision for the Congress to make. I’m focused on my job.”

    Biden added that he would be speaking with Pelosi and Democratic leadership later Friday.

    Amid mounting calls for his removal from office, Trump finally denounced Wednesday’s violence that left five people dead, including a police officer. In a video released on Thursday evening, the Republican president also promised a smooth and orderly transition of power later this month, though he stopped short of abandoning his claims of fraud.

    In the immediate aftermath of the assault, which halted a session of Congress held to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s election win, Trump had declined to condemn the incident, instead telling supporters he loved them and repeating his assertion that he was being cheated of victory.

    Friday afternoon, the White House issued a statement on the discussions regarding possible impeachment:

    As President Trump said yesterday, this is a time for healing and unity as one Nation. A politically motivated impeachment against a President, who has done a great job, with 12 days remaining in his term will only serve to further divide our great country.

    JUDD DEERE
    Trump’s video on Thursday was the closest he has come to conceding defeat in the Nov. 3 election, as he promised a smooth transition to a “new administration,” after weeks of making false claims of massive electoral fraud and a rigged vote.

    In a speech on Wednesday, Trump had exhorted a crowd of thousands to descend on the Capitol. Rioters stormed the building, overwhelming police and forcing authorities to transport lawmakers to secure locations for their own safety.

    A Capitol police officer died from injuries sustained in the assault, the force said on Thursday. A woman protester was fatally shot by the authorities, and three people died from medical emergencies.

    Is there enough time for impeachment?
    With Trump’s term almost expired, it was not clear whether there would be enough time to complete the impeachment process.

    Pelosi has not announced a decision, though she told a news conference on Thursday that rank-and-file Democrats in her caucus wanted action.

    Pelosi, Schumer call to oust President Trump; Graham denounces ‘domestic terrorists’
    If impeached in the Democratic-led House, Trump would theoretically face trial in the Republican-controlled Senate, which is scheduled to be in recess until Jan. 19. Aides to Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, have not said whether he would reconvene the Senate if the House approved articles of impeachment.

    Democrats are set to take narrow control of the Senate after winning two runoff elections in Georgia on Tuesday, but the new senators will not be sworn in until the state certifies its results later this month. In the event of an impeachment, the Senate must vote with a two-thirds majority to convict and remove a president from office.

    The House impeached Trump in December 2019 for pressuring the Ukrainian president to investigate Biden, but the Senate acquitted him in February 2020. Only two other presidents in history have been impeached, and none has ever been impeached twice.

    In Thursday’s video, a flat-toned Trump struck a conciliatory note seldom seen from him during his presidency, calling for “healing.” As recently as Thursday morning, however, he was still claiming the election was stolen.

    President Trump releases new video condemning violence; commits to peaceful transfer of power
    The Trump campaign and its allies filed dozens of lawsuits challenging the vote counts but state and federal courts rejected almost all of them. Election officials have said there is no evidence to back Trump’s claims.



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    https://fox4kc.com/news/lloyd-austin...entagon-chief/

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    WASHINGTON D.C. — Lloyd J. Austin, a West Point graduate who rose to the Army’s elite ranks and marched through racial barriers in a 41-year career, won Senate confirmation Friday to become the nation’s first Black secretary of defense.

    The 93-2 vote gave President Joe Biden his second Cabinet member. Avril Haines was confirmed on Wednesday as the first woman to serve as director of national intelligence. Biden is expected to win approval for others on his national security team in coming days, including Antony Blinken as secretary of state.

    Biden is looking for Austin to restore stability atop the Pentagon, which went through two Senate-confirmed secretaries of defense and four who held the post on an interim basis during the Trump administration. The only senators who voted against Austin were Republicans Mike Lee of Utah and Josh Hawley of Missouri.

    Before heading to the Pentagon, Austin wrote on Twitter that he is especially proud to be the first Black secretary of defense.

    “Let’s get to work,” he wrote.

    Austin’s confirmation was complicated by his status as a recently retired general. He required a waiver of a legal prohibition on a military officer serving as secretary of defense within seven years of retirement. Austin retired in 2016 after serving as the first Black general to head U.S. Central Command. He was the first Black vice chief of staff of the Army in 2012 and also served as director of the Joint Staff, a behind-the-scenes job that gave him an intimate view of the Pentagon’s inner workings.

    The House and the Senate approved the waiver Thursday, clearing the way for the Senate confirmation vote.

    Austin, a large man with a booming voice and a tendency to shy from publicity, describes himself as the son of a postal worker and a homemaker from Thomasville, Georgia. He has promised to speak his mind to Congress and to Biden.

    At his confirmation hearing Tuesday, Austin said he had not sought the nomination but was ready to lead the Pentagon without clinging to his military status and with full awareness that being a political appointee and Cabinet member requires “a different perspective and unique duties from a career in uniform.”

    As vice president, Biden worked closely with Austin in 2010-11 to wind down U.S. military involvement in Iraq while Austin was the top U.S. commander in Baghdad. American forces withdrew entirely, only to return in 2014 after the Islamic State extremist group captured large swaths of Iraqi territory. At Central Command, Austin was a key architect of the strategy to defeat IS in Iraq and Syria.

    Biden said in December when he announced Austin as his nominee that he considered him “the person we need at this moment,” and that he trusts Austin to ensure civilian control of the military. Critics of the nomination have questioned the wisdom of making an exception to the law against a recently retired military officer serving as defense secretary, noting that the prohibition was put in place to guard against undue military influence in national security matters.

    Only twice before has Congress waived the prohibition — in 1950 for George C. Marshall during the Korean War and in 2017 for Jim Mattis, the retired Marine general who served as President Donald Trump’s first Pentagon chief.

    Austin has promised to surround himself with qualified civilians. And he made clear at his confirmation hearing that he embraces Biden’s early focus on combatting the coronavirus pandemic.

    “I will quickly review the department’s contributions to coronavirus relief efforts, ensuring we are doing everything we can — and then some — to help distribute vaccines across the country and to vaccinate our troops and preserve readiness,” he told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

    Under questioning by senators, Austin pledged to address white supremacy and violent extremism in the ranks of the military — problems that received relatively little public attention from his immediate predecessor, Mark Esper. Austin promised to “rid our ranks of racists,” and said he takes the problem personally.

    “The Defense Department’s job is to keep America safe from our enemies,” he said. “But we can’t do that if some of those enemies lie within our own ranks.”

    Austin said he will insist that the leaders of every military service know that extremist behavior in their ranks is unacceptable.

    “This is not something we can be passive on,” he said. “This is something I think we have to be active on, and we have to lean into it and make sure that we’re doing the right things to create the right climate.”

    He offered glimpses of other policy priorities, indicating that he embraces the view among many in Congress that China is the “pacing challenge,” or the leading national security problem for the U.S.

    The Middle East was the main focus for Austin during much of his Army career, particularly when he reached senior officer ranks.

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    https://www.startribune.com/minnesot...ump/600014348/

    MyPillow founder Mike Lindell is still trying to convince Americans of the baseless claim that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump, even after the former president quietly left office and Joe Biden has begun his new administration.

    His decision to press an argument that has had no success in court is beginning to take a toll on his business and is raising new doubts about his political future. Major retailers have said they will stop carrying his pillows, some state Republicans have gone silent on his potential gubernatorial candidacy and even Trump seemed to brush off his suggestions to overturn the election.

    "Why do you think I would risk everything I have?" said Lindell, speaking soon after fielding warnings that he will be hit by a lawsuit over his claims.

    Having attended the Washington rally at which Trump spoke just before the deadly insurrection, Lindell is still repeating many of the same falsehoods that Trump made about foreign countries hacking voting machines to give Biden the win.

    "He has directly assaulted the integrity of the election in the United States and by all reports he has been a part of urging people to take action against our government," said former Republican Gov. Arne Carlson.

    The DFL has revved up its fundraising operation, particularly after Lindell's brief meeting with Trump in the closing days of his presidency.

    Gov. Tim Walz's campaign and Minnesota's DFL Party sent out e-mails seeking donations within hours of Lindell being photographed entering a Jan. 15 White House meeting carrying notes that appeared to suggest "martial law if necessary."

    "It's safe to say the My Pillow guy is not giving up on advancing Trump's toxic brand of politics, and we know Minnesota is at the top of his mind," read an e-mail sent by Walz's campaign hours later.

    Lindell's concerns about the election integrity are now causing him to rethink pouring his own money into a run for office.

    In an interview last week, the Chaska businessman, who has donated at least $360,000 to GOP candidates nationwide since 2016, said his wallet would remain closed until party leaders accept his unfounded claims. And weeks after saying he was "90 to 95%" leaning toward challenging Walz in 2022, now Lindell says he is less sure.

    "If you were saying this year was the election, I would say no, knowing what I know now," he said. "So that's going to have to wait until we get this fixed. But there's plenty of time — 2022's a long way off."

    Attorneys for U.S. Dominion Inc., the target of many of Lindell's unfounded claims of wrongdoing, have demanded that Lindell retract them and apologize. Facing similar threats of lawsuits, Fox Business and Fox News are airing corrections and clarifications of their own false allegations of election fraud.



    Lindell said he welcomes a lawsuit.

    Many influential Minnesota Republicans are not willing to discuss Lindell publicly. For his part, Lindell is now also hinting at rejecting a party whose state leader publicly backed him for governor last fall.

    "I've got problems with both parties, are you kidding me?" Lindell said, citing GOP governors in Arizona and Georgia who refused to join attempts to overturn their presidential election results. "I don't keep in contact with anybody in the Republican Party."

    Doug Wardlow, Lindell's general counsel, is also considering again seeking the GOP nomination to challenge Attorney General Keith Ellison, who defeated Wardlow in 2018. Wardlow was not available for comment.

    Minnesota Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan wrote in a September tweet that the party was "going to make [Lindell] our next governor.

    She has since declined to comment on any would-be candidates, saying that party rules prevent her from doing so before someone wins the party endorsement. Carnahan's previous post backing Lindell for governor inspired state Sen. Mark Koran to launch a campaign to challenge Carnahan as state party leader.

    During a 50-minute phone interview last week, Lindell oscillated between agitation and bombast, threatened to hang up and angrily refused to say where he was staying — a departure from past interviews in which he openly described his busy travel schedule.

    "I don't want anybody to know where I'm at," Lindell said, before offering up that he was not in Washington, D.C., Florida or Minnesota. He added that he won't likely return to his home state until his quest concluded.

    Lindell said his brief meeting with Trump on Jan. 15 was his second White House visit, arranged through an e-mail request. He said the notes that he was photographed carrying were part of a package of materials that an acquaintance who is an attorney prepared for Trump. Lindell declined to name the attorney.

    In Lindell's own telling, Trump and his advisers seemed dismissive of what Lindell contends was evidence of China hacking voting machines. The president only briefly glanced at the papers, Lindell said, and White House attorneys were similarly brief in their review.

    "I left with the papers I came with," Lindell said.

    Lindell said he doesn't have a direct line to the ex-president and that the only time Trump called was before the 2020 election to ask how the campaign was faring in Minnesota. Lindell assured the president that he would carry the state, which Biden ultimately won by 7 percentage points. Lindell now insists that Trump won Minnesota, again presenting no evidence.

    Lindell has posted sparingly on Twitter since Jan. 15, the date of his White House visit. Like many posts before it, one of his latest tweets purports to show evidence of foreign actors changing votes and is tagged with a disclaimer that users are blocked from sharing the content "due to a risk of violence."

    Lindell's baseless theories are not confined to election fraud. He has also lobbied for Food and Drug Administration approval of a botanical extract as a COVID-19 cure. Trump had expressed enthusiasm for the dietary supplement, despite there being no study or proof that it works in combating the deadly virus.

    Gina Countryman, a Minnesota Republican strategist, said that Lindell was initially seen as a successful outsider businessman who party faithful hoped could replicate Trump's success in appealing to nontraditional voters.



    "But then he keeps talking and the more he talks, the more people kind of go, 'hey wait a minute' — including Trump supporters," Countryman said. "His aggressive branding and marketing style is only going to work if he has a message to sell, and from what I can see, it's conspiracy theories and COVID snake oil."

    That is not to say Lindell is without a Minnesota constituency. Becky Strohmeier, the conservative activist behind the Jan. 6 "Storm the Capitol" rally, is a fan.

    "I have deep admiration for his bold faith and willingness to speak the truth, especially given the constant criticism he faces because of it," Strohmeier said in an e-mail. "I look forward to seeing what he brings to Minnesota over the next couple years."

    Lindell turned over much of the daily operations of MyPillow to his son, Darren, last year as he first mulled running for office. Now, the business is weathering the loss of retailers such as Kohl's and Bed, Bath and Beyond amid Lindell's election fraud claims. The elder Lindell remains defiant, noting that the Chaska-based business has "been attacked before and we're always busier when we come out of it."

    He points to goodwill built up from acts like donating millions of surgical face masks last fall and unloading pallets of his signature pillows donated for National Guard troops guarding the State Capitol amid last June's unrest after the death in police custody of George Floyd.

    Lindell made a similar overture this month for the tens of thousands of National Guard troops sent to safeguard the nation's Capitol in the weeks since conspiracy theories helped spark its siege.

    This time, Lindell said, the National Guard, citing logistical challenges, did not want his pillows.

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    Arizona Republicans passed resolutions on Saturday to censure three of the state's most prominent party leaders who have found themselves at odds with former President Trump: Gov. Doug Ducey; former Sen. Jeff Flake; and Cindy McCain, widow of the longtime Sen. John McCain.

    The sweeping — yet essentially symbolic — rebuke took place during a meeting to figure out how to move forward after the state flipped blue in November, narrowly giving its 11 electoral votes to now President Joe Biden.

    McCain and Flake, both of whom endorsed Biden for president, were censured for their outspoken opposition to Trump and for their support of globalist interests, according to state GOP members.

    In condemning Ducey, the party cited the governor's decision to enact emergency orders during the pandemic that the committee said are unconstitutional and "restrict personal liberties."

    Much of the meeting, held indoors at Dream City Church in Phoenix, was largely a pep rally for state Republicans who support the former president and his baseless claims of election fraud.

    State Republicans also reelected party chair Kelli Ward, an unwavering Trump supporter who had challenged the state's election results in a lawsuit that was rejected for insufficient evidence of fraud.

    In an interview with The Associated Press, Ward called herself a "Trump Republican," who will "always put America first, who believes in faith, family and freedom."

    "Yes, I will be radical about those things because those are the things that keep this country great," she said.

    Rep. David Schweikert tried to rally Republicans to stop being disheartened by the election results and to continue voting in future elections. Before the pandemic hit, he said, conservative principles worked. "The poor were getting less poor. Prosperity was spreading," he said.

    "The Democrats are doing everything they can to erase the fact that we delivered good things for Americans; they delivered darkness," Schweikert added. "We cannot let them. We are going to shine the light on them."

    Rep. Paul Gosar spent much of his time arguing that various voting machines used in the November elections were susceptible to hacking. Gosar was one of the Republicans who challenged the certification of electoral votes on Jan. 6, moments before the U.S. Capitol was breached and overrun by Trump supporters.

    Speakers also dismissed the idea that silencing Donald Trump will stop the momentum of the 74 million Americans who voted for him. "We will not cede the battlefield to Marxist totalitarians who want to destroy this country," Rep. Andy Biggs told the mostly maskless crowd, which responded with raucous applause. "They want to abrogate your rights and destroy the Constitution of the United States. They want to take away your right to worship. They want to fight us and destroy us."

    Both Gosar and Biggs have been criticized by liberal groups for their role in allegedly inciting the Capitol riot.

    In response to the censure, Gov. Ducey's political director Sara Mueller said in a statement, "These resolutions are of no consequence whatsoever, and the people behind them have lost whatever little moral authority they may have once had."

    Likewise, McCain was unfazed by the vote.

    "It is a high honor to be included in a group of Arizonans who have served our state and our nation so well...and who, like my late husband John, have been censured by the AZGOP," she wrote on Twitter. "I'll wear this as a badge of honor."
    https://www.detroitnews.com/story/ne...te/6685752002/

    The Allegan County Republican Party has censured longtime U.S. Rep. Fred Upton and "condemned" his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump.

    The Allegan GOP's executive committee during a Thursday meeting unanimously approved a resolution to censure Upton, complaining there was "little debate" and lack of due process in the impeachment process.

    "We believe Congressman Upton's vote is a betrayal of his oath of office and the core values of the Allegan County Republican Party," the committee stated in the censure resolution.

    "We believe this vote ignored the voice of the voters in Allegan County and was against their interest."
    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph

    The largely rural Allegan is one of the more conservative counties in Michigan's 6th District in southwest Michigan, which Upton has represented in Congress since 1987.

    Censure is symbolic act of disapproval that has no teeth, but the Allegan GOP executive committee referred its resolution to another party panel to "investigate any further action that may be available."

    Upton, a St. Joseph Republican, in a statement noted that he always said he would support Trump when he agreed with him and disagree when he thought Trump was wrong.

    "Congress should not tolerate any effort to impede the peaceful transfer of power. I’ve gone to bat for southwest Michigan everyday I’ve been in Congress, bringing jobs, economic growth and opportunities to our region of the state," Upton said. "And that is exactly what I’m going to keep doing.”

    Upton, the state's most senior Republican in Congress, has been making calls and reaching out to local party representatives in recent days to hear their commentary in response to his vote, knowing they might disagree with his stance, spokesman Josh Paciorek said.

    "But to move forward, this should be a party that can include a lot of different opinions, ideas and viewpoints," Paciorek said.

    Upton was among 10 House Republicans who joined with Democrats in voting for the article of impeachment charging the former GOP president with “incitement of insurrection” for his part in instigating the mob of Trump loyalists who attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

    "I’m going to do the right thing," Upton told The Detroit News shortly before the vote. "The Constitution has to come first, I’m sorry. The president’s failure to take any blame for what happened last week is inexcusable."

    Five people including a Capitol Police officer died in the chaos on Jan. 6, in which some rioters beat police officers and ransacked the building in an effort to stop Congress from affirming President Joe Biden's victory during a ceremonial proceeding.

    The Allegan County GOP's resolution said many county residents and precinct delegates had attended the rally where Trump spoke on Jan. 6, and that the thousands had gathered to peacefully petition their government for redress over complains about the 2020 election.

    The resolution blames the "liberal media," Democrats and "self-serving 'Republicans''" for "misleading" the public by saying Trump had incited the violence at the Capitol.

    Both Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California — the top Republicans in Congress — said this week that Trump "bears responsibility" for the riot.

    "The mob was fed lies," McConnell said on the Senate floor Tuesday. "They were provoked by the president and other powerful people, and they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government, which they did not like."

    Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate is set to begin Feb. 9.

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    RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia State Conference NAACP President Robert N. Barnette, Jr. released a statement Saturday calling for the censure of Virginia Senator Amanda Chase.
    CONTINUING COVERAGE: Chaos at the Capitol

    “The Virginia State Conference NAACP calls on the Virginia Senate to swiftly censure State Senator Amanda Chase. Not only was she in Washington, D.C. during the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the United States Capitol, but she supported and sympathized with the insurrectionists.

    “Following the incident, Senator Chase described the participants as ‘patriots who loved their country.’ Those who attempted a coup at the United States Capitol were no patriots.
    Virginia Senate votes 37-1 to strip Sen. Amanda Chase of only committee assignment

    “Senator Chase’s pattern of divisive, race-baiting politics must be stopped once and for all. Her recent attempt to censure Senator Louis Lucas – the first Black president pro tempore of the Virginia Senate – is simply a racist sideshow distraction from the truth.

    “The Virginia Senate should not permit anyone who defends sedition and engages in race-baiting to serve.”
    https://cowboystatedaily.com/2021/01...eachment-vote/

    By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

    The Carbon County Republican Party has voted to formally censure U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney after she voted to impeach President Donald Trump last week.

    “The Carbon County Republican Party has unanimously voted to formally censure U.S. Representative Liz Cheney,” party chairman Joey Correnti IV said in a statement.

    A censure is an expression of disapproval and has no binding effect on its subject.

    Cheney voted to impeach the president, who will leave office on Wednesday as President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated, after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Cheney said at the time that her vote was based on the fact she believed Trump had incited the mob to action.

    In the censure, Correnti and the party said Cheney voted to impeach without any quantifiable evidence of high crimes or misdemeanors.

    Many Congressional leaders have criticized Trump for his comments regarding his refusal to concede to Biden, saying he incited the riot at the Capitol. Five people died as a result of the attack.

    “Additionally, we have called for her to appear before the members of the (Carbon County Republican Party) to explain her recent actions to the body, the State Republican Party membership and the entirety of the concerned Wyoming electorate,” Correnti said.

    The party also accused Cheney of violating the trust of her voters and failing to faithfully represent a large majority of Wyoming voters, 70% of whom voted for Trump in the November election.

    Correnti has been a controversial figure in Wyoming politics. Last year, he was involved in a fistfight at the Wyoming Republican Party convention.

    According to published reports, Correnti got into an altercation with Michael Pearce, then chairman of the Albany County Republican Party. Pearce was accused of striking Correnti and witnesses said Correnti restrained Pearce until police could arrive.

    Cheney has repeatedly said that her decision to impeach the president came from her conscience, not her political beliefs.

    “There are times when those of us as elected officials are called on to act in a way that does not take politics into consideration,” she previously said. “Dealing with something as serious and as grave as the attack on the Capitol is one of those times.”

    This isn’t the first group to openly criticize Cheney for her vote.

    Last week, the Wyoming Gun Owners Association blasted both her and U.S. Sen. John Barrasso for their criticism of the president, although the latter hasn’t publicly said whether or not he will vote to impeach Trump when the Senate meets.

    The Wyoming Republican Party also condemned her decision to impeach.

    “Representative Cheney has aligned herself with leftists who are screaming that what happened last Wednesday is the ‘worst thing ever in our history’ (or similar such claims). That is absurd and shows their lack of knowledge of history as well as their willingness to skew the facts to further their corrupt agenda,” the Wyoming GOP said in a statement.

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    (The Center Square) - A Republican Party county chapter in Kentucky voted unanimously Tuesday to censure U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell for comments he made on the Senate floor earlier in the day.

    McConnell said President Trump “provoked” the group that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 and interrupted the counting of the Electoral College votes to confirm Joe Biden as the new President.

    “This mob was fed lies,’ McConnell said. “They were provoked by the President and other powerful people. And they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government which they did not like. But we pressed on. We stood together and said an angry mob would not get veto power over the rule of law in our nation. Not even for one night. We certified the people’s clear choice for their 46th president.”

    That led the Republican Party of Nelson County to pass a resolution censuring the GOP leader in the Senate, claiming he “abandoned his Republican base” that voted him into office.

    Nelson County is 35 miles south of Louisville.

    A censure is a formal reprimand. While it is a statement disapproving of actions, it does not cause a removal from office.

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    Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ark., speaks Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, at a rally in support of President Donald Trump called the "Save America Rally." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two House Democrats have proposed that Congress censure U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, arguing that his remarks at a rally of President Donald Trump’s supporters incited the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol last week.

    Brooks said Tuesday that his critics are misrepresenting his remarks, which were intended as a pep talk for the next election cycle. He added that, “I will never apologize for fighting to win our causes at the ballot box.”

    Brooks has come under fire for comments at the rally in which he told the crowd that he wanted them to take a message back home and “along the way stop at the Capitol.” “Today is the day that American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass,” Brooks said at the Save America rally on Wednesday that preceded the riot at the U.S. Capitol. He was wearing a hat that said, “Fire Pelosi.”

    Democratic Representatives Tom Malinowski of New Jersey and Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida on Monday introduced the resolution for censure, which is a public rebuke by Congress.

    “Not only did Congressman Brooks’ fuel an insurrection against the body he serves in, his words helped spark chaos, destruction, injuries and death. Censure seems too trifling a punishment in this horrific case, but it’s the minimal level of accountability Congressman Brooks should face from the same Congress he goaded rioters to assault,” said Wasserman Schultz said in a statement.

    The rally brought thousands to Washington as President Donald Trump continued to dispute his loss to President-Elect Joe Biden. The demonstrations turned violent as a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol. At least five people died, including a Capitol Police officer.

    Brooks’ office issued a lengthy statement saying his rally remarks were meant to inspire the crowd to fight in the 2022 and 2024 elections.

    “I was not encouraging anyone to engage in violence. I was encouraging people to begin a 2022 and 2024 election fight,” Brooks wrote. “No one at the rally interpreted my remarks to be anything other than what they were: A pep talk after the derriere kicking conservatives suffered in the dismal 2020 elections,” Brooks said.

    Brooks accused the resolution sponsors and news outlets of ignoring other parts of his speech, including where he said the 2020 election was over, but the 2022 and 2024 elections were coming.

    In his fiery, 10-minute speech, Brooks condemned socialists and “weak-knees Republicans” and asked the crowd, “will you fight for America?”

    State Rep. Chris England, the chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party, in a series of tweets, said Brooks played a role in inciting the violence and had for weeks “been lying to the public and whipping people into a frenzy that he and crew were going to ‘stop the steal’ Wednesday.”

    “So, @RepMoBrooks, what did you think was going to happen after you spent weeks lying to people to get them riled up and then ask them are they willing to sacrifice their blood, sweat, tears, livelihoods and even their lives? This is your failed coup,” England tweeted.

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    . When Mike Lindell, better known to TV viewers as the MyPillow Guy, went to the White House last week to try to persuade President Donald Trump to keep pushing bogus theories about the election, he came away disappointed. Unexpectedly, Trump passed him — and his claims about sabotaged voting machines — off on staffers. But the Trump true believer says he has something from Trump that softens that blow: the promise of an endorsement.

    The president has told him before that he would back his bid for governor of Minnesota, Lindell told The Associated Press. “Mike, if you did it, I would get behind you,” Lindell said Trump told him.

    It's a prospect that sends shivers down the spines of some Republicans in the state — where Trump lost by 7 percentage points — and cuts to the heart of the national party's existential crisis. While many Republicans, particularly those in Washington, are eager to move on from the former president and his personality-driven, racially divisive politics, Trump's acolytes across the country are already preparing to pick up the torch.

    GOP state parties across the country are starting to look ahead to divisive primary fights that will test Trump's hold on Republican voters. In Wyoming, GOP Rep. Liz Cheney drew a primary challenge shortly after voting to impeach Trump for his role in the deadly riot Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol. And in Virginia, which holds its governor's election this year, a Trump-style Republican, state Sen. Amanda Chase, is running for the party's nomination, even as she was recently stripped of her committee assignments for comments calling the rioters “patriots."

    In states like Virginia and Minnesota, there's little evidence that embracing Trump is a path to success for Republicans. Trump lost Virginia by 10 percentage points in November. And despite repeated visits and millions spent in Minnesota, Trump's campaign tanked in the state, as suburban voters around the Twin Cities soundly rejected him.

    “The Republican brand has become toxic in the eyes of too many young people, formerly supportive suburbanites, women and diverse voters," said former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, an establishment Republican who lost a comeback run for governor in 2018.

    “We don't need to guess how a general election campaign will go here for any candidate viewed mostly as a Trump proxy. Trump lost here twice and it wasn't even close the second time.”

    Still, after four years of Trump's leadership, it's not easy finding an active Republican in the state who hasn't aligned with Trump. The field of Republicans considering campaigns is dominated by pro-Trump conservatives.

    They include state Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, a soft-spoken insurance agent who joined many Republicans around the country in fighting governors' lockdown orders and COVID precautions, even as a Republican state senator died of complications from COVID-19 that he may have contracted at a party event. Also on the list is former state Sen. Scott Jensen, a doctor who has suggested that the COVID-19 toll has been inflated; U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber, who backed some efforts to overturn the election results before ultimately voting to affirm Biden’s victory; and former Minnesota Vikings lineman Matt Birk, a religious conservative who declared publicly he wouldn’t take the coronavirus vaccine.

    Lindell is a distinctly Trump-era figure. Just a few years ago, he was best known for campy late-night infomercials to sell his pillows, and for his frequently told back story of overcoming crack cocaine addiction. He said he wasn't political until he met Trump in 2016, connected with a fellow businessman and soon became a vocal Trump true believer and donor.

    By his own estimate, Lindell was a warm-up speaker at more than 60 Trump campaign rallies, drawing frequent shout-outs from the president and co-chairing Trump's Minnesota campaign.

    As the coronavirus crisis deepened, Lindell caught flak in August for championing the unproven treatment of oleander after investing in a company that produced a compound from it.

    Then, after the election, Lindell shared Trump's refusal to accept Biden as the winner. Many of his claims about the outcome were labeled by Twitter as disputed. He posted but later deleted a tweet in December calling on Trump to declare martial law and seize the ballots and voting machines in seven key states. While he said he opposed the Capitol insurrection, MyPillow’s logo was prominently featured on a website that promoted the Jan. 6 Trump rally that preceded the riot. Lindell has claimed “antifa” was responsible for the riot, even though authorities say there’s no evidence of that. He said he’s still holding out hope that the U.S. Supreme Court would somehow put Trump back in office.

    And he believes his unflinching support for Trump would be a strong asset if he runs for the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic incumbent Tim Walz.

    “Of course it would help. Why wouldn't it help? The guy was the best president in history," Lindell said, praising Trump's response to the pandemic and his economic policies.

    Lindell would come to the race with name recognition from his TV ads, which run frequently on Fox News and other channels. And he presumably could at least partly self-fund his campaign, though he claimed not to know his net worth and said he had no idea what a run for governor would cost.

    Veteran GOP operative Gregg Peppin, who isn't working for any potential gubernatorial candidate so far, said “some of the less believable stories” that Lindell has embraced certainly wouldn't help him in the general election.

    Former Republican operative Michael Brodkorb, a former deputy state party chairman, went even further, saying it would be a disaster for the party if Lindell is its candidate against Walz.

    “While Republicans have gained some seats in a patchwork across the state, winning statewide has been a much trickier puzzle for them to solve," Brodkorb said. "It bends any political logic that Mike Lindell is going to be any key to helping Republicans solve that puzzle. He has done everything since the election to perpetuate what we now know are dangerous statements.”

    As Lindell weighs a run, his immediate future includes business and potential legal challenges. His amplification of Trump’s false claims of election fraud led some major retailers, including Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl’s, to discontinue MyPillow products. And the parent company of Dominion Voting Systems, which has already sued pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation, has demanded that Lindell retract his accusations that its voting machines played a role in Trump’s loss.

    Lindell said he's not worried. It's the retailers' loss if they succumb to pressure, he said. And he said he won't let up on Dominion.

    “You bring it on, Dominion, because I want everybody to see,” he said.

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    South Carolina Republicans on Saturday issued a formal censure to U.S. Rep. Tom Rice to show disapproval over his vote in support of the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump.

    Rice was among 10 GOP representatives who joined Democrats on Jan. 13 in voting to impeach Trump for his role in the violence a week earlier at the U.S. Capitol. A Senate trial is expected in February.

    With two abstentions, Saturday’s vote was 43-0. In a statement afterward, Rice vowed to help the Republican Party where he could but said he felt some in the GOP “have forgotten their very own creed, which states, ‘I will never cower before any master, save my God.’”

    A day after his vote, Rice — who represents South Carolina’s 7th District, an area that voted heavily for Trump — told The Associated Press “it hurts my heart” to have gone against the president, but he decided to back impeachment after seeing what he characterized as Trump’s inaction during the Capitol Hill riot.

    Party committees across the country have moved to punish many of those 10 House Republicans who supported Trump’s impeachment. His hold on state parties reflects the ex-president’s continued popularity with the base and the work his political operation has done to plant loyalists in the typically obscure local GOP apparatus.

    State party-level censures aren’t common in South Carolina. The GOP in 2009 issued one to then-Gov. Mark Sanford after he fled the state for five days to visit a lover in Argentina. In 2009 and 2010, several county-level Republican parties censured U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham for his willingness to work on bipartisan deals, with one county deriding Graham’s “condescending attitude” to the party’s grassroots organizers.

    The censure is a symbolic expression of disapproval that some warn could have electoral consequences for Rice, who has represented the 7th District since its creation in 2012. Long a reliable backer of Trump’s policies, Rice campaigned with the president and, according to FiveThirtyEight, voted 94% of the time in favor of Trump-backed legislation — the highest percentage among South Carolina’s current delegation.

    In his only primary since first elected in 2012, Rice won with 84% of the vote. He’s been reelected each time with at least 56% of votes cast. Now, Rice is all but sure to face at least a handful of primary challengers, with one formally creating an exploratory committee this past week.

    Rice told the AP he knew he’d likely face a difficult primary and that the impeachment vote could potentially cost him his seat. “If it does, it does,” he said.

    Dreama Perdue, the Republican chairwoman in Rice’s home county of Horry, said she’s fielded hundreds of phone calls from people displeased with the congressman’s vote.

    “The people in the district are just very, very upset that Congressman Rice would do this, knowing how much we support the president in South Carolina, and in the 7th District, and in Horry County,” Perdue told the AP. “He told me he voted his conscience. These people did not vote for you to vote your conscience; these people voted for you to support us and our district and the president.”

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    Report: Publix heiress funded Trump rally that preceded Capitol riot

    Julie Fancelli, heiress to the Publix Super Markets Inc. chain, funded a “lion’s share” of the Trump rally that preceded the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6, according to the Wall Street Journal.

    The report says controversial Info Wars host Alex Jones arranged for Julie Jenkins Fancelli to donate about $300,000 to the Trump campaign. The contribution reportedly funded most of the $500,000 rally at the Ellipse where Trump spoke.
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    Fancelli reportedly donated more than $980,000 during the 2020 election cycle to Trump and the Republican Party.

    More than 135 people have been arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol building, which left five people dead and sent members of Congress rushing to safety, officials said Tuesday.

    NBC affiliate WFLA reached out to a Publix spokesperson, who provided the following statement:

    Mrs. Fancelli is not an employee of Publix Super Markets, and is neither involved in our business operations, nor does she represent the company in any way. We cannot comment on Mrs. Fancelli’s actions.

    The violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6 was a national tragedy. The deplorable actions that occurred that day do not represent the values, work or opinions of Publix Super Markets.

    Fancelli is the daughter of Publix founder George W. Jenkins, who died in 1996.

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    Twitter has permanently suspended the MyPillow USA account about a week after suspending CEO Mike Lindell's account.

    The MyPillow account was suspended Monday for violating the ban evasion policy, Twitter confirmed to USA TODAY.

    Lindell, an ally and supporter of Trump, has continued to insist that the presidential election was rigged even after U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration has begun. His account was banned after he continued to perpetuate the claim that Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election.

    A cached view of the account shows tweets from Sunday that Lindell told USA TODAY he wrote, which would circumvent his suspension on the platform.

    He told USA TODAY he hadn't heard about the ban of his company's account. “I can’t believe they’re doing this to my company," Lindell said in an interview. "They’re out to destroy me."

    Thank you to everyone who has supported MyPillow during this time.....Jack Dorsey is trying to cancel me (Mike Lindell) out!," a tweet Sunday said. "We are extremely busy and hiring as fast as we can to handle all the shipping! Jack will be found out and should be put in prison when all is revealed!"

    In another tweet Sunday, the MyPillow Twitter account, which also was used to list promo codes, said "This was the post @jack was upset about when he canceled @realmikelindell! @Jack I know you are tied into the election fraud! You are so afraid of being found out! So many are looking forward to you being brought to justice!"

    Lindell said the last tweet the company account posted Monday was a promo code for his memoir "What Are the Odds?" and earlier in the day tweeted out a discount for duvet covers.

    Twitter's evasion policy says users can't circumvent permanent suspensions by using other accounts.

    "If an account has been permanently suspended for severe violations of the Twitter Rules, Twitter reserves the right to also permanently suspend any other account we believe the same account holder or entity may be operating in violation of our earlier suspension, regardless of when the other account was created," the policy says.

    Kohl's, Bed Bath & Beyond and J.C. Penney have confirmed they will discontinue selling the brand but cited a slowdown in sales. Lindell says Wayfair, Texas supermarket chain H-E-B and Kroger also have said they will stop selling his company's products

    Lindell is also facing potential litigation from Dominion Voting Systems for claiming that their voting machines played a role in alleged election fraud. He had also urged Trump to declare martial law in Minnesota to obtain its ballots and overturn the election.

    After the storming of the U.S. Capitol last month, Twitter has banned more than 70,000 accounts for sharing misinformation. Trump, who had rallied supporters before the mob broke into the Capitol, also has had his account permanently suspended.

    Contributing: Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY; Associated Press

    My Pillow corporate twitter page has been banned from Twitter because its CEO Mike Lindell is accused of Funding and making rants with Trump leading to the January 6th riots.

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